Social Policy and Disability Symposium

Webinar hosted by Fordham University

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Social Policy and Disability Symposium Welcomes International Scholars

November 12-13, 2020 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
The Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and the Columbia China Center for Social Policy held a multidisciplinary and international Social Policy and Disability Symposium. The symposium provided a forum to discuss how disability is considered in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social policies.

Recordings are available below:

Program - Day 1, Nov. 12, 2020

8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time Zone (ET)
Welcome and opening remarks by Sophie Mitra Professor of Economics and Disability Studies, Fordham University, Qin Gao Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University, Z. George Hong Professor, Chief Research Officer & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fordham University, Melissa D. Begg, Dean & Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

8:40 - 9:20 a.m. ET
1st Day Plenary by Vandana Chaudhry City University of New York (CUNY) Department of Social Work

9:25 - 10:25 a.m. ET
Parallel session 1a: Employment policies and laws moderated by Douglas Kruse

  • The disability employment quota: between social policy and anti-discrimination by Anne Revillard
  • Disability employment in urban China: developing trend and policy implications by Yang Lixiong
  • Dismantling barriers to equality at work: an examination of disability-inclusive policymaking in 193 countries by Willetta Waisath, Elizabeth Wong, and Jody Heymann

9:25 - 10:25 a.m. ET
Parallel session 1b: Gender moderated by Janna Heyman

  • Social inclusion perception and support seeking experiences among parents of young children with autism in Beijing, China by Xiaoran Wang
  • The experiences of married women in Palestine who acquire a disability: polygamy, divorce or banishment by Dimity Peter and Itaf Elkhateeb
  • Violence against women with disabilities in the global south: evidence from the demographic and health survey by Justine Hervé

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Parallel session 2a: Social protection moderated by Alex Cote

  • Access to and impact of the disability allowance in the Maldives by Morgon Banks and Shaffa Hameed
  • Disabilities and social benefits: what can we learn from household budget surveys? by Mario Spiezio
  • Reaching marginalized people with disability in major disability policy reform by Karen R Fisher, Sandra Gendera, and Rosemary Kayess

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Parallel session 2b: COVID-19 moderated by Maria Martinho

  • Ventilator users in the time of COVID-19 by Brooke Ellison and Michelle Ballan
  • Constructing the support system with Chinese characteristics for the disabled under the Covid-19 pandemic period by Zhu Wenxuan, Xu Yanxiao, and Jiang Chuanzeng
  • A pre-COVID 19 assessment of disability inequalities in the global south by Wei Chen, Justine Hervé, Sophie Mitra, and Jaclyn Yap

Program - Day 2, Nov. 13, 2020

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. ET
Parallel session 3a: Long term care moderated by Amy Horowitz

  • The economic effects of long-term care insurance: evidence from Korea by Hoolda Kim, Sophie Mitra, and Qin Gao
  • Personal and policy considerations for planning and implementing self-directed support and disability benefits: results from action research by Meira L. Orentlicher, Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Kathleen Perry, and Izel Obermeyer

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. ET
Parallel session 3b: Extra costs moderated by Daniel Mont

  • Policies that compensate for the extra costs of living with a disability: A comparative analysis of three welfare regimes with lessons for the United States by Zachary Morris, Stephen McGarity, and Nanette Goodman
  • Direct and indirect costs of disability amongst working-aged people with disabilities in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Nairobi, Kenya by Morgon Banks, Shaffa Hameed, Ola Abu Alghaib, Emily Nyariki, Joyce Olenja, and Tom Shakespeare

9:35 - 10:35 a.m. ET
Parallel session 4a: Poverty and Inequality moderated by Christine Fountain

  • A tale of triple disadvantages: disability and poverty dynamics amongst women in rural Bangladesh by Vidya Diwakar
  • Stigma of persons with disabilities in South Africa: uncovering the pathway from discrimination to depression and low self-esteem by Jean-Francois Trani, Jacqueline Moodley, Paul Anand, Lauren Graham, and May Thu Thu Maw
  • Community voices heard: exploring public housing resident needs and assets by Janna Heyman, Susan Matloff-Nieves, Smita Dewan, Dalys Castro, Nancy Wackstein, Peggy Kelly, G. Lawrence Farmer, and Henry Davis
  • Inequality of opportunities to labor market participation for people with disabilities in Latin America by Mónica Pinilla-Roncancio and Mauricio Gallardo

9:35 - 10:35 a.m. ET
Parallel session 4b: Employment moderated by Michael Stein

  • How does contingent work affect SSDI benefits? by Matthew S. Rutledge, Alice Zulkarnain, and Sara Ellen King
  • Disability and employment over the life cycle by Michael Palmer and Dennis Petrie
  • "Suitable for Massage”: cultural prejudice in the employment policy for the blind and multiple employment movement in China by Xuehui Li

10:40 - 11:20 a.m. ET
2nd Day Plenary by Jody Heymann UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

11:20 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Concluding remarks by Sophie Mitra and Qin Gao